This Week’s Comics & Merchandise for September 26th 2018!

NEW COMICS (RECOMMENDATIONS IN BOLD)

 

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ACTION COMICS #1003 – More Metropolis mobsters are being bumped off as the Red Mist solidifies her power base! Can Batman help Superman root out organized crime that is operating right under his nose? Be sure to check in with both Action Comics and Superman by Brian Michael Bendis!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 – Fan favorite artist Humberto Ramos returns!

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #3

BATGIRL #27 ART OF THE CRIME PART 2 – Cover by Sean Murphy.

BATMAN BEYOND #24 TARGET BATMAN CONCLUSION

BATMAN KINGS OF FEAR #2 (OF 6) – Art by Kelly Jones.

BEASTS OF BURDEN WISE DOGS AND ELDRITCH MEN #2 (OF 4)

BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER #24

BETTY AND VERONICA VIXENS #10 (OF 10)

BEYONDERS #2

BLACK PANTHER #4 THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA PART 4

BONE PARISH #3 (MATURE READERS)

BUBBA HO-TEP & COSMIC BLOOD-SUCKERS #3

COLD SPOTS #2 (OF 5) (MATURE READERS)

COMIC SHOP NEWS #1632

CYBER FORCE #6 (MATURE READERS)

DC PREVIEWS #6 OCTOBER 2018

DEADLIFE #3 (OF 3) (MATURE READERS)

DETECTIVE COMICS #989 – Two versions of Firefly, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. Can Two-Face be far behind? His angle may not be what you expect in this story by James Robinson and Stephen Segovia.

DOCTOR WHO 13TH DOCTOR #0 – Welcome the newest iteration of The Doctor in this special issue featuring all thirteen Doctors!

DOMINO ANNUAL #1 – See the origin of Domino’s team, plus who or what are the RejeX?

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #7 (OF 12) (MATURE READERS) – Answers to the mind blowing questions first posed in the DC Universe Rebirth one shot begin to come into focus! When did Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen first become aware of the DC Universe and what happened next? Also remember that the events of Doomsday Clock take place “one year from now” as related to other series.

EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #4 (OF 4) – In the final Spider-Geddon interlude, find out what happens when Norman Osborn is bitten by a radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker! The stage is now set, up next is Spider-Geddon!

EXTERMINATION #3 (OF 5) – Ahab is on the hunt for the original X-men and all hands are on deck to protect them before any more mutants perish! This is the prelude to the return of the Uncanny X-men series!

FAITH DREAMSIDE #1 (OF 4)

FEARSCAPE #1 (MATURE READERS) – The Fearscape is a dimension of mankind’s greatest fears and The Muse has sought out Earth’s greatest storyteller to turn the tide. Unfortunately what she found was a delusional plagiarist, but he will have to do!

FENCE #10

FLASH #55

FRIENDO #1 (MATURE READERS)

GASOLINA #12 (MATURE READERS)

HARBINGER WARS 2 AFTERMATH #1

HEROES IN CRISIS #1 (OF 9) – Throughout Tom King’s Batman series and numerous other DC titles, you’ve heard whispers of a place called Sanctuary. A secret place created and vetted by Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman where heroes can go who have experienced great mental or physical trauma in the line of duty. Now the impossible has happened and Sanctuary is compromised! Casualties occur and only familiar faces are suspects! This is a cannot miss DC story by Tom King, Clay Mann, and Lee Weeks!

HIGH HEAVEN #1 (MATURE READERS) – New from Ahoy Comics!

HILLBILLY RED EYED WITCHERY FROM BEYOND #2 (OF 4)

INFINITY WARS IRON HAMMER #1 (OF 2) – After the events of Infinity Wars #3, the Marvel Universe has been changed by the Infinity Warp! Last week you met Stephen Rogers Soldier Supreme, now imagine Iron Man and the Mighty Thor combined into one hero known as the Iron Hammer! By Al Ewing and Humberto Ramos

INVADER ZIM #35

JIM HENSON LABYRINTH CORONATION #7 (OF 12)

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #3 – Wonder Woman’s team is at the mercy of the twisted Upside Down Man!

JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #1 – The wait is over! Spinning directly from the pages of Justice League No Justice! Join Cyborg, Starfire, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, and Azrael as they heed Darkseid’s call for assistance inside the uncharted Ghost Sector! By Joshua Williamson and Stjepan Sejic, be sure this is on your preorder subscription list so your copy doesn’t leave with someone else!

LONG CON #3

MAN-EATERS #1 (MATURE READERS) – Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk, the creators behind Marvel’s Mockingbird, make their creator owned Image Comics debut!

MARVEL PREVIEWS VOL 04 #15 OCTOBER 2018

MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #10 NEXT OF KIN CONCLUSION

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #31 BEYOND THE GRID – Welcome new series writer Marguerite Bennett!

MIKE HAMMER #4 (MATURE READERS)

MODERN FANTASY #4 (OF 4)

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #35 SAVE OUR SCHOOL PART 4

MOON KNIGHT #199

OLD MAN HAWKEYE #9 (OF 12) – Hawkeye versus Bullseye!

OLD MAN LOGAN #48 KING OF NOTHING PART 1 – Old Man Logan versus The Maestro round two!

PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #310 –  Written and drawn by Chip Zdarsky!

PREVIEWS #361 OCTOBER 2018

PUNISHER #2 – In his quest to totally destroy Hydra, Frank Castle has taken out a major Marvel super-villain and there are more in his path! Anything is possible in this series of The Punisher!

QUANTUM & WOODY #10

RAT QUEENS #11 (MATURE READERS)

RAVEN DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #8 (OF 12)

REALM #9 (MATURE READERS)

RED SONJA #21

REDNECK #15 (MATURE READERS)

REGRESSION #11 (MATURE READERS)

REGULAR SHOW 25 YEARS LATER #4 (OF 6)

RICK & MORTY #42

RICK & MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #2 (OF 4)

ROLLED AND TOLD #1 – Great new series for tabletop gamers!

SCARLET #2 (OF 5) (MATURE READERS) – By Bendis and Maleev under the Jinxworld label.

SENTRY #4 (OF 5)

SHANGHAI RED #4

SILENCER #9

SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #39

SPIDER-GEDDON #0 – The cast of alternate versions of Spider-man from across dimensions has been assembled once again and there is one more new addition! The Spider-man from the PS4 video game makes his comic book debut here! What threat could bring these characters together? If you read Spider-verse you have an idea!

STAR TREK VS TRANSFORMERS #1 (OF 4) – The crossover no one expected is here! The Autobots and Decepticons of the G1 cartoon meet the cast of the Star Trek Animated Series! Master Star Trek writer Mike Johnson and Transformers scribe John Barber join forces to send both universes on an adventure where no one has gone before and is more than meets the eye!

STAR WARS ADVENTURES #14

STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA #24 THE CATASTROPHE CON PART 5

STAR WARS POE DAMERON #31 FINAL ISSUE

STRANGER THINGS #1 – You asked for it and Dark Horse Comics is giving it to you! We saw the kids of Hawkins Indiana struggle to find and rescue Will Byers from the dark Upside Down dimension, but what was Will dealing with alone in the Upside Down? Find out here in the first officially licensed Stranger Things comic book! Available in your choice of four covers, be sure this is reserved on your preorder subscription list!

TERRIFICS #8 – Featuring Tom Strong and the menace of Doc Dread!

THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR #3 (OF 4)

TITANS #26

TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #24 UNICRON IS HERE CONCLUSION – The penultimate issue of the long running series that began as Transformers More Than Meets the Eye!

TRUE BELIEVERS BLACK WIDOW BY GRAYSON & JONES #1

TRUE BELIEVERS HELLCAT FIRST APPEARANCE #1

TRUE BELIEVERS MK 20TH ANNIVERSARY LUKE CAGE FANTASTIC FOUR #1

TRUE BELIEVERS PUNISHER BY ENNIS DILLON & PALMIOTTI #1

TRUE BELIEVERS PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL BY POTTS & LEE #1

VAMPIRELLA/DEJAH THORIS #1

VENOM FIRST HOST #5 (OF 5) – Can Eddie Brock and his new Symbiote stop the Kree from eliminating Earth?

WAYWARD #29 (MATURE READERS)

WICKED & DIVINE 1373 MCKELVIE & WILSON ONE-SHOT (MATURE READERS)

WITCHBLADE #8 GOOD INTENTIONS PART 2 (MATURE READERS)

WONDER WOMAN #55

WWE NXT TAKEOVER REDEMPTION #1

X-MEN BLUE #36 FINAL ISSUE – The fate of the X-men Blue team will be decided in the pages of Extermination!

X-MEN RED #8

X-O MANOWAR #19

XENA #8 (OF 5)

 

ACME COMICS PRESENTS

COMICS FOR KIDS

AMULET SC GN VOL 08 SUPERNOVA

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS SEARCH FOR ATLANTIS TP

DISNEY PRINCESS JASMINE’S NEW PET HC

ENCOUNTER TP VOL 01

GOOSEBUMPS DOWNLOAD & DIE HC

MY LITTLE PONY PONYVILLE MYSTERIES #5

SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #42 – Featuring Gorilla Grodd, the Ultra-Humanite, Monsieur Mallah, Congorilla, Sam Simeon, Detective Chimp, and Titano the Super-ape!

STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING TP VOL 03 FIELD RESEARCHING – Contains issues #9-12.

UNDERDOG #4

 

NEW LIMITED EDITION VARIANTS

(Pricing dependent upon rarity, first reserved-first served, serious inquiries only please)

ACTION COMICS #1003 MACK VARIANT EDITION

ACTION COMICS #1003 MANAPUL VARIANT EDITION

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 RENAUD COSMIC GHOST RIDER VARIANT EDITION

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #3 BALTAZAR VARIANT EDITION C

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #3  CHAYKIN VARIANT EDITION C

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #3 FISH VARIANT EDITION D

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #3 FRANCO VARIANT EDITION E

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #3 MACK VARIANT EDITION F

BATGIRL #27 MIDDLETON VARIANT EDITION

BATMAN BEYOND #24 JOHNSON VARIANT EDITION

BEASTS OF BURDEN WISE DOGS AND ELDRITCH MEN #2 (OF 4) VARIANT EDITION B

BLACK PANTHER #4 FERRY COSMIC GHOST RIDER VARIANT EDITION

BONE PARISH #3 CROOK INCENTIVE VARIANT

BUBBA HO-TEP & COSMIC BLOOD-SUCKERS #3 1:5 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

BUBBA HO-TEP & COSMIC BLOOD-SUCKERS #3 GALUSHA VARIANT EDITION b

COLD SPOTS #2 (OF 5) CBLDF CENSORED CHARITY VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

COLD SPOTS #2 (OF 5) CBLDF UNSENSORED CHARITY VARIANT EDITION C (MATURE READERS)

DETECTIVE COMICS #989 BROOKS VARIANT EDITION

DOCTOR WHO 13TH DOCTOR #0 PHOTO VARIANT EDITION B

DOMINO ANNUAL #1 CHO VARIANT EDITION

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #7 (OF 12) FRANK VARIANT EDITION

EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #4 (OF 4) HAMNER VARIANT EDITION

EXTERMINATION #3 (OF 5) GARNEY VARIANT EDITION

EXTERMINATION #3 (OF 5) HAWTHORNE CONNECTING VARIANT EDITION

FAITH DREAMSIDE #1 (OF 4) MEYNET VARIANT EDITION B

FEARSCAPE #1 MUTTI VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

FLASH #55 PORTER VARIANT EDITION

FRIENDO #1 MCLEAN VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

HEROES IN CRISIS #1 (OF 7) 1:100 BROOKS VARIANT EDITION

HEROES IN CRISIS #1 (OF 7) 1:200 MATTINA VARIANT EDITION

HEROES IN CRISIS #1 (OF 7) 1:50 JG JONES VARIANT EDITION

HEROES IN CRISIS #1 (OF 7) VARIANT EDITION

INFINITY WARS IRON HAMMER KUBERT CONNECTING VARIANT EDITION #1 (OF 2)

INFINITY WARS IRON HAMMER RAMOS DESIGN VARIANT EDITION #1 (OF 2)

JIM HENSON LABYRINTH CORONATION #7 (OF 12) TAKEDA SUBSCRIPTION VARIANT EDITION

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #3 CAPULLO VARIANT EDITION

JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #1 DODSON VARIANT EDITION

JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #1 DODSON BLACK & WHITE VARIANT EDITION

MAN-EATERS #1 GLITTER VARIANT EDITION (MATURE READERS)

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #31 1:25 LAFUENTE INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #31 MERCADO INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #31 GIBSON SUBSCRIPTION VARIANT EDITION

PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #310 ZDARSKY VARIANT EDITION

PUNISHER #2 DEODATO VARIANT EDITION

REALM #9 MITTEN VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

RED SONJA #21 CALDWELL VARIANT EDITION B

RED SONJA #21 BAAL VARIANT EDITION C

RED SONJA #21 ROYLE  VARIANT EDITION D

RED SONJA #21 COSPLAY VARIANT EDITION E

REGULAR SHOW 25 YEARS LATER #4 (OF 6) DROZDOVA VARIANT EDITION

RICK & MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #2 (OF 4) 1:10 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

RICK & MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #2 (OF 4) 1:20 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

RICK & MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #2 (OF 4) LITTLE VARIANT EDITION B

SENTRY #4 DEL REY COSMIC GHOST RIDER VARIANT EDITION

SHANGHAI RED #4 VISIONS VARIANT EDITION B

SPIDERGEDDON #0 IN-HYUK LEE CONNECTING VARIANT EDITION

SPIDERGEDDON #0 JI SPIDER-MAN VIDEO GAME VARIANT EDITION

SPIDERGEDDON #0 JTC VARIANT EDITION

SPIDERGEDDON #0 TEDESCO VARIANT EDITION

STAR TREK VS TRANSFORMERS #1 (OF 4) 1:10 GANUCHEAU INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

STAR TREK VS TRANSFORMERS #1 (OF 4) 1:25 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

STAR TREK VS TRANSFORMERS #1 (OF 4) MURPHY VARIANT EDITION B

STAR WARS ADVENTURES #14 1:10 JAMPOLE INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

STAR WARS ADVENTURES #14 MURPHY VARIANT EDITION B

STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA #24 REIS GALACTIC ICON VARIANT EDITION

STRANGER THINGS #1 ALBUQUERQUE VARIANT EDITION B

STRANGER THINGS #1 LAMBERT VARIANT EDITION C

STRANGER THINGS #1 SATTERFIELD PHOTO VARIANT EDITION D

THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR #3 (OF 4) SUBSCRIPTION BUSTOS VARIANT EDITION

TITANS #26 MEYERS VARIANT EDITION

TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #24 1:10 ROCHE INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #24 SENIOR VARIANT EDITION B

VAMPIRELLA/DEJAH THORIS #1 PAGULAYAN VARIANT EDITION B

VAMPIRELLA DEJAH THORIS #1 SEGOVIA VARIANT EDITION C

VAMPIRELLA DEJAH THORIS #1 JUSKO VARIANT EDITION D

VAMPIRELLA DEJAH THORIS #1 CVR E VAMPIRELLA COSPLAY

VAMPIRELLA DEJAH THORIS #1 DEJAH THORIS COSPLAY F

VENOM FIRST HOST #5 (OF 5) GARRON VARIANT EDITION

WICKED & DIVINE 1373 KELLY ONE-SHOT VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

WONDER WOMAN #55 FRISON VARIANT EDITION

WWE NXT TAKEOVER REDEMPTION #1 SUBSCRIPTION DALFONSO VARIANT EDITION

X-MEN BLUE #36 ALLRED FINAL ISSUE VARIANT EDITION

X-MEN RED #8 CAMPBELL COSMIC GHOST RIDER VARIANT EDITION

X-MEN RED #8 CHAREST HEADSHOT VARIANT EDITION

XENA #8 (OF 5) CIFUENTES VARIANT EDITION B

 

NEW TRADE PAPERBACKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, & HARDCOVERS 

AVENGERS FOREVER TP – The epic twelve issue story by Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern, Jesus Merino, and Carlos Pacheco is back in print! This is a must read for any Avengers reader from any era!

AVENGERS WEST COAST EPIC COLLECTION TP HOW THE WEST WAS WON – Contains West Coast Avengers #1-4 limited series, Iron Man Annual #7, Avengers #250, West Coast Avengers #1-7, Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1-2 and Wonder Man #1.

BATMAN KNIGHTQUEST TP VOL 01 THE CRUSADE – Bruce Wayne has fallen and Jean Paul Valley, the former assassin in training Azrael, rules the night as the new Batman! Contains the never-before-reprinted stories from Detective Comics #667-670, ROBIN #1-2, Batman: Shadow of The Bat #19-20, Batman #501-504 and Catwoman #6-7.

BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER TP VOL 04 DAMNATION – Contains issues #15-19.

CROW MEMENTO MORI TP (MATURE READERS)

DARKHOLD TP PAGES FROM THE BOOK OF SINS COMPLETE COLLECTION – Reprinting the sixteen issue 1990s Midnight Sons Darkhold series and more for the first time!

EXILES TP VOL 01 TEST OF TIME – Contains issues #1-6 of the new Exiles series by Saladin Ahmed.

FINAL CRISIS 10TH ANNIVERSARY OMNIBUS HC – The ultimate omnibus! Contains Batman #676-683 and #701-702, Birds of Prey #118, DC Universe #0, DC Universe: The Last Will and Testament #1, Final Crisis #1-7, Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1-5, Final Crisis: Requiem #1, Final Crisis: Resist #1, Final Crisis: Revelations #1-5, Final Crisis: Rogues’ Revenge #1-3, Final Crisis Secret Files #1, Final Crisis: Submit #1, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1-2, Flash #240-241, Teen Titans #59-60, Terror Titans #1-6, Justice League of America #21 and Superman/Batman #76.

FLASH REBIRTH TP VOL 07 PERFECT STORM – Contains issues #39-45.

FRATERNITY HC – An all new monster story by the co-creator of Blacksad.

HELLBOY WILD HUNT TP (NEW EDITION)

HULK WORLD WAR HULK II TP – Contains issues #714-717. Continue Amadeus Cho’s story in the pages of Champions.

ILLEGAL GN – New original graphic novel by Eion Cofler on refugees from Ghana making the dangerous journey to Europe.

INFIDEL TP (MATURE READERS) OCTOBER GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUB SELECTION – A new standard for modern horror graphic novels is set with this new take on the haunted house concept by Pichetshote and Campbell. Currently being adapted for film!

IRON MAN ARMOR WARS TP (NEW PRINTING) – Tony Stark’s technology has been stolen and proliferated through the Marvel Universe! Now Iron Man sets out to take it back from friend and foe alike in one of the first major Iron Man epics from issues #225-232.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA REBIRTH TP VOL 05 DEADLY FABLE – Contains issues #22-29 featuring Promethea.

KLAUS HC NEW ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS – Contains Klaus and the Witch of Winter and Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Dan Mora.

MEDIEVAL SPAWN WITCHBLADE TP VOL 01 – Contains issues #1-4 of the recent mini series.

MOEBIUS LIBRARY INSIDE MOEBIUS HC VOL 03 (MATURE READERS)

PORT OF EARTH TP VOL 02 – Contains issues #5-8 of the Image Comics sci-fi series.

RICK AND MORTY HC BOOK 03 – Contains issues #21-25 and the Li’l Poopy Superstar mini series.

SAGA TP VOL 09 (MATURE READERS) – Contains issues #49-54. ATTENTION: WITH THIS VOLUME SAGA GOES ON A ONE YEAR HIATUS. In one year monthly issues will resume, then six months later volume 10 graphic novel. In the meantime, let us suggest new series for you to follow!

SILENCER NEW AGE OF DC HEROES TP VOL 01 CODE OF SILENCE – Talia al Ghul’s top Leviathan assassin was allowed to retire untouchable by anyone, but now that Talia isn’t in power, all bets are off and the Silencer’s quiet life collides with her old life! Contains issues #1-6.

SUPER SONS REBIRTH TP VOL 03 PARENT TRAP – Contains issues #13-16 and Annual #1.

THOR EPIC COLLECTION TP FALL OF ASGARD – Reprinting issues #175-194 by Stan Lee, Gerry Conway, Jack Kirby, John Buscema, Neal Adams, and Marie Severin.

TITANS REBIRTH TP VOL 04 TITANS APART

UNDERSTANDING COMICS SC (NEW PRINTING)

USAGI YOJIMBO TMNT TP COMPLETE COLLECTION – Contains Turtle Soup and Rabbit Stew, The Crossing, The Treaty, Shades of Green, the recent full-color tale Namazu and more all by Stan Sakai.

YOU ARE DEADPOOL TP – Choose your own adventure style story with Deadpool!

 

NEW STATUES & ACTION FIGURES 

IT 1990 PENNYWISE ULTIMATE ACTION FIGURE

MARVEL GALLERY AVENGERS CAPTAIN AMERICA PVC STATUE

MARVEL SELECT BEAST ACTION FIGURE

 

NEW FUNKO POPS!

ANT-MAN & THE WASP HANK PYM VINYL FIGURE

ANT-MAN & THE WASP JANET VAN DYNE VINYL FIGURE

ASSASSIN PREDATOR VINYL FIGURE

BLACK PANTHER MBAKU VINYL FIGURE

CARNAGE VINYL FIGURE

DIGIMON S1 GABUMON VINYL FIGURE

FUGITIVE PREDATOR VINYL FIGURE

KNIGHT RIDER MICHAEL KNIGHT WITH KIT VINYL FIGURE

MICKEY 90TH BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR VINYL FIGURE

MICKEY 90TH STEAMBOAT WILLIE VINYL FIGURE

SPYRO THE DRAGON SPYRO & SPARX VINYL FIGURE

VENOM VINYL FIGURE

 

RE-ORDER GRAPHIC NOVELS AND HARDCOVER’S

BATGIRL A CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS HC

BIRTHRIGHT TP VOL 06

BLACK HAMMER TP VOL 02 THE EVENT

DC MEETS LOONEY TUNES TP

DC THE NEW FRONTIER TP

FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE (MATURE READERS)

HOGARTH DRAWING DYNAMIC HANDS

LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 05 CLOCKWORKS

OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI TP VOL 01 (MATURE READERS)

OLYMPUS HC (MATURE READERS)

PYONGYANG A JOURNEY IN NORTH KOREA GN (MATURE READERS)

SABRINA CHILLING ADVENTURES TP VOL 01 (MATURE READERS)

SIMPSONS COMICS KNOCKOUT GN

STAR WARS DARTH VADER DARK LORD SITH TP VOL 01 IMPERIAL MACHINE

STAR WARS KANAN TP VOL 01 LAST PADAWAN

UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 02 DALLAS

VENOM TP TOOTH AND CLAW

WATCHMEN TP

WYTCHES TP VOL 01 (MATURE READERS)

 

RE-ORDER SINGLE ISSUES

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 BRADSHAW GHOST RIDER VARIANT EDITION

ASTONISHING X-MEN #14 KUBERT RETURN OF FANTASTIC FOUR VARIANT EDITION

BATMAN #55 – Still first printing!

CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #1 – Written by Tini Howard!

ELVIRA MISTRESS OF DARK #1

EUTHANAUTS #1 (MATURE READERS) – Written by Tini Howard!

MARVEL RISING MS MARVEL SQUIRREL GIRL #1 CHARRETIER VARIANT EDITION

STAR WARS LANDO DOUBLE OR NOTHING #4 (OF 5)

TITANS ANNUAL #2

UNNATURAL #1 (OF 12) 2ND PRINTING

WRONG EARTH #1 – New from Ahoy Comics.

VAMPIRONICA #3

This Week’s Comics & Merchandise for February 28th 2018!

NEW COMICS (RECOMMENDATIONS IN BOLD)

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ABBOTT #2 (MATURE READERS) – Abbott by Saladin “Black Bolt” Ahmed and Sami Kivela for Boom Studios was the book everyone asked for in shops across the country! Reprints on #1 are available this week, so be sure to not miss out on your copy of #2!

ACTION COMICS #998 BOOSTER SHOT PART 6

ALISIK FALL #1 (OF 2) – Cover by Junko Mizuno.

ALL NEW WOLVERINE #31 – Featuring Deadpool.

ALTER EGO MAGAZINE #151

AMAZING CEREBUS ONE SHOT

AMERICA #12 FINAL ISSUE

AVENGERS #682 NO SURRENDER PART 8

BACKWAYS #3

BATGIRL #20

BATMAN BEYOND #17 THE LONG PAYBACK PART 4

BEEF A BIOCHEMICAL ROMANCE #1 (OF 5) (MATURE READERS) – New from Richard Starkings and Shakey Kane for Image Comics.

BETTIE PAGE #8

BETTY AND VERONICA VIXENS #4

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA OLD MAN JACK #6

BLACK HAMMER: DOCTOR STAR & KINGDOM LOST TOMORROWS #1 – See the origin of Doctor Star by Lemire and Fiumara.

BLACK PANTHER #170 CLAW STANDS SUPREME PART 5 – Featuring an interview with Black Panther movie director Ryan Coogler!

BLUE BEETLE #18 FINAL ISSUE

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 11 GILES #1 – The teacher has become the student as Giles has been reborn as a teenager! Now it is his turn to investigate strange happenings at an L.A. high school. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer saga officially continues in comic book form from Dark Horse Comics.

CALEXIT #2 (MATURE READERS)

CAPTAIN MARVEL #129 DARK ORIGIN PART 5 – Captain Marvel is lost in a mirror universe in the grip of a battle over the Reality Stone!

CHAMPIONS #17 CHAMPION FOR A DAY PART 2

DAYS OF HATE #2 (OF 12) (MATURE READERS)

DEMON HELL IS EARTH #4 (OF 6)

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #295 BUCKET LIST

DETECTIVE COMICS #975 – After taking the law into her own hands to the ultimate degree last issue, the fate of Batwoman and her standing in Gotham City is decided!

DOCTOR STRANGE #386 DAMNATION TIE IN – Doctor Strange has succeeded in restoring Las Vegas, but in the process he has brought a small piece of the underworld to Earth! Can he play Mephisto’s game and win or has Doctor Strange doomed humanity?

ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #24 FINAL ISSUE – Forty years of Elf Quest stories culminates here!

FLASH #41 PERFECT STORM PART 3

GASOLINA #6 (MATURE READERS)

GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #249 DAWN OF THE ARISHIKAGE PART 3

GI JOE VS THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN #1 – The Six Million Dollar Man has had his programming corrupted by Cobra and now the Joe team has to endure a tireless foe!

GO GO POWER RANGERS #7

GOTHAM CITY GARAGE #10 (OF 12)

GWENPOOL #25 FINAL ISSUE

HACK SLASH RESURRECTION #5 (MATURE READERS)

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 ZOD’S WILL PART 3

HELLBLAZER #19 THE GOOD OLD DAYS PART 1

HUNGRY GHOSTS #2 (OF 4) (MATURE READERS) – Tales of horror co-written by Anthony Bourdain.

IMAGINARY FIENDS #4 (OF 6) (MATURE READERS)

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #597 SEARCH FOR TONY STARK PART 5 – Featuring Ironheart and the Infamous Iron Man!

IRON MAIDEN LEGACY OF THE BEAST #3 (OF 5) (MATURE READERS)

JESSICA JONES #17 RETURN OF THE PURPLE MAN PART 5 (MATURE READERS) – Just one more issue to go before the conclusion of the series by Bendis, Gaydos, and Mack!

JIM HENSON LABYRINTH #1 (OF 12) – The highly anticipated Labyrinth prequel begins now! How did Jareth find himself as ruler of the Labyrinth and was he always the Goblin King? The answers will be yours soon!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #25

KISS/ ARMY OF DARKNESS #1 (OF 5)

LEGION #2 (OF 5)

LOCKJAW #1 (OF 4)

LONG LOST #4

LUMBERJANES #47

MARVEL PREVIEWS #8 MARCH 2018 – Use this guide to help you make your preorder decisions for Marvel Comics material hitting our selves in May 2018!

MARVEL’S AVENGERS INFINITY WAR PRELUDE #2 (OF 2)

MERA QUEEN OF ATLANTIS #1 (OF 6) – While the throne of Atlantis is flux, Aquaman’s brother races to fill the vacancy! Get ready for Mera versus Ocean Master in this anticipated mini series! Covers by Nicola Scott or Stanley Lau.

MILK WARS CONCLUSION DOOM PATROL/ JLA SPECIAL #1

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #28 FANTASTIC THREE PART 4

MOON KNIGHT #192 CRAZY RUNS IN THE FAMILY PART 5

MOTHERLANDS #2 (OF 6) (MATURE READERS)

MOTOR CRUSH #10

OPTIMUS PRIME #16 THE FALLING PART 2

OPTIMUS PRIME ANNUAL 2018 STARSCREAM THE MOVIE – Former Decepticon Thundercracker makes his directorial debut with his chronicle of Starscream’s time as ruler of the planet Cybertron! Can Earth handle the true story?

PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300 MOST WANTED PART 4 – The war with the Terrible Tinkerer takes an unexpected turn in this special anniversary issue!

PREVIEWS #354 MARCH 2018 – Use this magazine to help you make your preorder choices for material from Marvel, DC, Image Comics, and all other publishers releasing items starting in May 2018!

RAT QUEENS #8 COLOSSAL MAGIC NOTHING PART 3 (MATURE READERS)

RAVEN DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #2 (OF 12)

REDNECK #10 (MATURE READERS)

RICK & MORTY #35

ROM & THE MICRONAUTS #3 (OF 5)

ROUGH RIDERS RIDE OR DIE #1 (MATURE READERS)

ROYAL CITY #10 SONIC YOUTH CONCLUSION (MATURE READERS)

RUFF & REDDY SHOW #5 (OF 6)

SAGA #49 (MATURE READERS)

SILENCER #2 NEW AGE OF DC HEROES – Talia al Ghul has sent warning that the protections in place allowing The Silencer to live a normal life free from the League of Assassins are all rescinded! Can she and her family escape?

SLEEPLESS #3

SPAWN #283

SPIDER-GWEN #29 GWENOM PART 5

SPIDER-MAN/ DEADPOOL #28 AREA 41 PART 2

STAR WARS DARTH VADER #12 THE RULES OF FIVE PART 2

SUICIDE SQUAD #36 HACKED PART 2

TEEN TITANS #17 THE FOLLOWING PART 2

TERRIFICS #1 NEW AGE OF DC HEROES – From the pages of Dark Knights Metal comes the most anticipated of the new DC Comics series! Mister Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man, and others explore the Multiverse and you never know where they will go or who they will see! By Lemire and Reis.

THANOS #16 THANOS WINS PART 4 – Finally! The origin of the most popular Marvel Universe character since Weapon H, the Cosmic Ghost Rider! Each issue since #13 has required a reprint to meet demand! Are you reserving Thanos or are you taking your chances?

THROWAWAYS #12 (MATURE READERS)

TMNT ONGOING #79 INVASION OF THE TRICERATONS PART

TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #15

TRANSFORMERS VS VISIONARIES #3 (OF 5)

TWISTED ROMANCE #4 (OF 4) (MATURE READERS)

UNDERWINTER FIELD OF FEATHERS #5 (MATURE READERS)

VOID TRIP #4 (OF 5) (MATURE READERS)

WILDS #1 (MATURE READERS) – New from Black Mask.

WONDER WOMAN #41 AMAZONS ATTACKED PART 1

X-MEN BLUE #22 POISON X PART 4

X-O MANOWAR #12

 

ACME COMICS PRESENTS

COMICS FOR KIDS

DUCKTALES #6

MY LITTLE PONY LEGENDS OF MAGIC #11

NARWHAL GN VOL 02 SUPER NARWHAL & JELLY JOLT

SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #35

STEVEN UNIVERSE #13

 

NEW LIMITED EDITION VARIANTS

(Pricing dependent upon rarity, first reserved-first served, serious inquiries only please)

ACTION COMICS #998 MANAPUL VARIANT EDITION

ALL NEW WOLVERINE #31 HULK VARIANT EDITION

AVENGERS #682 BRADSHAW CONNECTING VARIANT EDITION

BATGIRL #20 VARIANT EDITION

BATMAN BEYOND #17 JOHNSON VARIANT EDITION

BETTY AND VERONICA VIXENS #4 STAGGS VARIANT EDITION B

BETTY AND VERONICA VIXENS #4 ST ONGE VARIANT EDITION C

BLACK PANTHER #170 CHECCHETTO YOUNG GUNS VARIANT EDITION

BLACK PANTHER #170 MOVIE VARIANT EDITION

BLUE BEETLE #18 KIRKHAM VARIANT EDITION

DETECTIVE COMICS #975 ALBUQUERQUE VARIANT EDITION

DOCTOR STRANGE DAMNATION #1 (OF 4) GARRON YOUNG GUNS VARIANT EDITION

DOCTOR STAR & KINGDOM LOST TOMORROWS #1 VARIANT EDITION

FLASH #41 PORTER VARIANT EDITION

GI JOE VS SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN #1 1:10 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

GI JOE VS SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN #1 GALLANT VARIANT EDITION B

GWENPOOL #25 BARTEL VARIANT EDITION

GWENPOOL #25 SHIRAHAMA VARIANT EDITION

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 KIRKHAM VARIANT EDITION

IRON MAIDEN LEGACY OF THE BEAST #3 (OF 5) VARIANT EDITION B

IRON MAIDEN LEGACY OF THE BEAST #3 (OF 5) GORDER VARIANT EDITION C

JIM HENSON LABYRINTH #1 (OF 12) CORONATION 1:15 DURIEUX INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

JIM HENSON LABYRINTH #1 (OF 12) ISAACS SUBSCRIPTION VARIANT EDITION

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #25 VARIANT EDITION

KISS/ARMY OF DARKNESS #1 (OF 5) MONTES VARIANT EDITION B

KISS/ARMY OF DARKNESS #1 (OF 5) HAESER VARIANT EDITION C

MERA QUEEN OF ATLANTIS #1 (OF 6) LAU VARIANT EDITION

MOTOR CRUSH #10 STEWART VARIANT EDITION B

OPTIMUS PRIME #16 1:10 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

OPTIMUS PRIME #16 COLLER VARIANT EDITION B

OPTIMUS PRIME ANNUAL 2018 GRIFFITH VARIANT EDITION B

PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300 BLANK VARIANT EDITION

PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300 NAKAYAMA HULK VARIANT EDITION

PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300 YOUNG VARIANT EDITION

RAT QUEENS #8 CVR B LEE (MATURE READERS)

RUFF & REDDY SHOW #5 (OF 6) VARIANT EDITION

SPAWN #283 CVR B MCFARLANE & KUDRANSKI

SUICIDE SQUAD #36 SORRENTINO VARIANT EDITION

TEEN TITANS #17 HARDIN VARIANT EDITION

TMNT ONGOING #79 1:10 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

TMNT ONGOING #79 EASTMAN VARIANT EDITION B

TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #15 1:10 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #15 ROCHE VARIANT EDITION B

TRANSFORMERS VS VISIONARIES #3 (OF 5) 1:10 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

TRANSFORMERS VS VISIONARIES #3 (OF 5) VEREGGE VARIANT EDITION B

WILDS #1 CVR B ALTERICI (MATURE READERS)

WONDER WOMAN #41 FRISON VARIANT EDITION

X-O MANOWAR #12 CAMUNCOLI VARIANT EDITION B

 

NEW TRADE PAPERBACKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, & HARDCOVERS 

BODIE TROLL ORIGINAL GN

CAPTAIN AMERICA TP ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA – Contains the long out-of-print four part story by Fabian Nicieza and Kevin Maguire on the early days of Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes! And more!

CROSSWIND TP VOL 01 (MATURE READERS) – From Image Comics! Through a bizarre turn of events, a housewife and a criminal underworld hitman switch minds and have to maintain cover until they can figure out how to undo what has happened! Written by Gail Simone with art by Kat Staggs. Contains issues #1-6 for only $9.99!

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEADPOOL KILLS CABLE – Deadpool has set his sights on killing Cable for real, so his former friend may actually be in trouble! Contains issues #287-291.

ELEANOR & THE EGRET TP VOL 01 – New from Sam Keith through Aftershock Comics.

HERCULES WRATH OF THE HEAVENS TP

JACK KIRBY 100TH CELEBRATION COLLECTION TP – All new stories with Jack Kirby’s best known DC Comics concepts including the New Gods, Newsboy Legion & the Boy Commandos, and more!

JUSTICE LEAGUE REBIRTH TP VOL 05 LEGACY – Contains issues #26-31.

KISS/ VAMPIRELLA TP

LEGEND OF ZELDA TWILIGHT PRINCESS MANGA GN VOL 03

LETTER 44 TP VOL 06 THE END (MATURE READERS) – The final volume of the Oni Press series written by Charles Soule! Ask us what Letter 44 is about and you will want to dive into it!

LONE SLOANE GAIL HC (MATURE READERS)

MOTOR GIRL OMNIBUS SC – The complete Terry Moore series.

NEIL GAIMAN AMERICAN GODS HC VOL 01 SHADOWS – Ancient gods clash with modern gods in this adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel! Compliments the television show as well. Contains issues #1-9.

NEW MUTANTS EPIC COLLECTION TP CURSE OF VALKYRIES – Contains issues #71-85 and more.

STAR WARS JEDI OF THE REPUBLIC MACE WINDU TP

SUPERMAN THE MANY WORLDS OF KRYPTON TP

TEEN TITANS REBIRTH TP VOL 02 THE RISE OF AQUALAD – Contains issues #6-7, 9-11, and, 13-14.

TMNT/ GHOSTBUSTERS TP VOL 02

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL TP VOL 07 BEEN WAITING FOR SQUIRREL LIKE YOU

UNSTOPPABLE WASP TP VOL 02 AGENTS OF G.I.R.L. – Contains issues #5-8 to complete the series.

VICTOR LAVALLE’S DESTROYER TP (MATURE READERS) – A new spin on the story of Frankenstein’s monster.

WEAPON X TP VOL 02 HUNT FOR WEAPON H

 

NEW STATUES & ACTION FIGURES 

JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE AQUAMAN ARTFX+ STATUE

MARVEL HEROES DAREDEVIL 1/4 SCALE ACTION FIGURE

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE DC DEATHSTROKE ACTION FIGURE

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE MARVEL WOLVERINE ACTION FIGURE

SUPERGIRL TV SUPERGIRL ARTFX+ STATUE

TRANSFORMERS TITANS RETURN DELUXE ACTION FIGURE ASSORTMENT

TRANSFORMERS TITANS RETURN LEADER ACTION FIGURE ASSORTMENT

 

NEW FUNKO POPS!

POP RICK AND MORTY PICKLE RICK W/ LASER VINYL FIGURE

POP MONSTER HUNTER HUNTER VINYL FIGURE

POP STRANGER THINGS ELEVEN VINYL FIGURE

 

RE-ORDER GRAPHIC NOVELS AND HARDCOVER’S

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE TP VOL 01 (MATURE READERS)

BACKSTAGERS TP VOL 02

BATMAN NEW 52 TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS

BATMAN NEW 52 TP VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS

BATMAN NEW 52 TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY

BLACK COMIX RETURNS HC

BLACK HAMMER TP VOL 01 SECRET ORIGINS

BLACK PANTHER BY PRIEST TP VOL 01

BLACK WIDOW TP VOL 01 FINELY WOVEN THREAD

BLACK WIDOW TP VOL 01 SHIELDS MOST WANTED

BLACK WIDOW TP VOL 02 TIGHTLY TANGLED WEB

BLACK WIDOW TP VOL 03 LAST DAYS

DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN TP

DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER PREMIERE HC JOURNEY BEGINS

DARK TOWER PREMIERE HC GUNSLINGER BORN

DARK TOWER PREMIERE HC TREACHERY

DARK TOWER TP BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL

DARK TOWER TP LONG ROAD HOME

DOWNWARD TO EARTH HC (MATURE READERS)

FINAL CRISIS TP

LOVECRAFT MYTH OF CTHULHU HC

LUMBERJANES TP VOL 01

MONSTER HUNTER FLASH HUNTER MANGA GN VOL 01

MONSTER HUNTER ORAGE MANGA GN VOL 01 (MATURE READERS)

NAMELESS CITY GN VOL 01 (OF 3)

RUNAWAYS TP VOL 06 PARENTAL GUIDANCE

SABRINA CHILLING ADVENTURES TP VOL 01 (MATURE READERS)

SAGA TP VOL 02 (MATURE READERS)

SAMI SAMURAI SQUIRREL WELCOME TO WOODBRIAR GN

SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE HC

SPARKS GN

UNTAMED TP VOL 01 SINNERS PRAYER

UNTAMED TP VOL 02 KILLING FLOOR

 

RE-ORDER SINGLE ISSUES

ABBOTT #1 (OF 5) (2ND PRINTING)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794 2ND PRINTING IMMONEN VARIANT EDITION

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #42

AVENGERS #677 2ND PRINTING LARRAZ VARIANT EDITION

AVENGERS #678 2ND PRINTING LARRAZ VARIANT EDITION

BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #3 (OF 8) 3RD PRINTING

BLACK BOLT #5

BLACK PANTHER ANNUAL #1

DARK KNIGHTS RISING THE WILD HUNT #1

FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE TRIO

GO GO POWER RANGERS #3

JUDAS #3 (OF 4)

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #24 VARIANT EDITION

RUMBLE #3 (MATURE READERS)

RUMBLE #3 CVR B FEJZULA & GARATEA (MATURE READERS)

SKYBOURNE #5

THANOS #15 2ND PRINTING SHAW VARIANT EDITION

TITANS #20

X-MEN BLUE ANNUAL #1 POISON X 2ND PRINTING BRADSHAW VARIANT EDITION

 

RE-ORDER ACTION FIGURES & STATUES

BLACK PANTHER MARVEL LEGENDS ACTION FIGURES – LIMITED SUPPLY AVAILABLE

MARVEL PREMIERE COLLECTION GAMORA STATUE

MARVEL PREMIERE COLLECTION THANOS STATUE

 

 

* THIS WEEK’S FEATURED IMAGE BY DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON *

COMIC SHOP GLOSSARY OF TERMS

It occurred to me one day that, just like in any industry, inside the comic shop we speak our very own language.  A language that is as deliberate and intricate as it is
insular and bizarre. So I thought I’d create something of a gateway into this potentially intimidating and impenetrable code.

This will be an ongoing work in progress that is regularly updated and amended. If you would like to request a definition, please let us know and we’ll get right on it. Or if you see fit to define a term yourself, please submit it to us for review!

 

BACK ISSUE: The term back issue encompasses any comic that is no longer available on the general current sales shelves.  A back issue could be a comic book from the 1980s or a book from four weeks ago.  Such books can be found bagged to protect them from damage and priced in the back issue bins or backstock, in alpha-numeric order.

BACKWALL: The “backwall” in a comic book store is the area of the store where higher priced books are kept.  Key issues, vintage comic books, rarities. The backwall does not literally have to be a wall behind a counter, but often is. This term is also applicable to booths at comic book conventions

BACK ORDER: Back order is a distribution technical term regarding the status of an
order.  A back order means that the item is currently out of stock at the distributor, but if more are found there, the back order will fill. While not ideal, back order is not as bad as when a reordered item is “sold out” at the distributor. Example: If it’s an ambulance (back order), you’ve got a chance. If it’s a hearse (sold out) then it’s gotta be worse.

COMIC SHOP LOCATOR: Comic Shop Locator is a service by which a fan can find
a comic book store in the area they are located in by providing the zip code. This service is invaluable while traveling. The phone number is 1-888-COMIC-BOOK or the website is http://www.comicshoplocator.com. There is also a phone app. Be aware that at times Comic Shop Locator may not be updated to reflect store closings or relocations.

CROSSOVER: A crossover simply refers to content or characters from one series crossing over into another series. Example: The Outsiders and Checkmate series are crossing over together for a storyline that goes through both series.

DIAMOND DISTRIBUTION: Diamond is the Baltimore based distribution company that handles the majority of comic book and related merchandise in the U.S. and beyond. Monthly Diamond releases a preview catalog that contains solicitations for comic books from major and independent publishers, and merchandise, that is set for release starting as early as two months later. This catalog, Previews, is available to the public in magazine format and online. This is a valuable tool to assist with making preorders.

FILL-IN ART: A “fill-in” is the term for the circumstance where a writer or artist (or both) other than the regular creative team steps in to do an issue or a storyline. Sometimes the fill-in will occur in order to give the assigned creative team time to catch up to deadlines or to keep the series releasing on its regular schedule.

GRAPHIC NOVEL: A graphic novel is a single work, published for the first time in a bound paperback or hardcover form that was not previously released as individual issues. Examples: JLA: Earth 2, Blankets, The Goon: Chinatown, and Star Wars: Force
Unleashed are graphic novels. Watchmen is not a graphic novel, but rather a trade paperback compilation of twelve individual issues. In recent times though, the term graphic novel has become a catch all encompassing trade paperbacks. The term original graphic novel can replace the meaning of the general graphic novel term.

GUTTER: When looking at a comic book page with panels, the gutter refers to the blank space between the panels. Often times in this space, time may pass or unseen actions may occur that the brain will fill in on its own without being expressly shown. For more on the gutter effect see: Understanding Comics graphic novel.

HARDCOVER: A hardcover is a bound collection of material which has a hard cover as opposed to a softcover like a trade paperback. Hardcovers can be a collection of material originally released in another format such as issues or it can contain unique material that has not existed in any previous format (see: Graphic Novel). Examples: DC Absolute Editions (high quality over sized format hardcover with accompanying slipcase) and Marvel Omnibus (over sized hardcover reprinting many sequential issues of early material or a run by a particular writer or artist).

INDEPENDENT COMICS: Independent comics encompass comic publishers outside of the mainstream. Mainstream publishers include major publishers such as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Image Comics as well as smaller companies like IDW, Dynamite, and Devil’s Due. Independent comics often come from very small publishers or may even be self-published by the actual creator. The term “indie” is the common abbreviation for “Independent Comics.”

ONE-SHOT: A one shot is a special stand alone issue. Usually a one shot will say “one shot” on the cover, may feature no issue number or, may display only a #1 on the cover even though there will be no second issue.

PRESTIGE FORMAT: A prestige format comic is generally a square bound individual issue, usually 48-64 pages in length. Example: Batman The Killing Joke originally released as new material prestige format one shot.

RATING – ALL AGES: Comics that are specifically made for kids or contain content that kids and adults can both read are commonly rated as being “all ages.” Marvel Comics has a line of all-ages comics as part of the Marvel Adventures line (Marvel Adventures Spider-man, Marvel Adventures Avengers) which feature the recognizable Marvel heroes in adventures that will be appropriate for young readers and can be enjoyed by older readers as well. A wide variety of all ages comic books and graphic novels can be found in Acme’s All Ages section.

RATING – MATURE READERS: Mature readers is the rating given to comics
containing material that is not intended for young readers. The content may include adult language, graphic violence as opposed to action, or situations young readers would be uninterested in. Marvel Max comics and DC Vertigo lines are intended for mature
readers and many independent comics are intended for mature readers as
well. Mature readers is abbreviated as (MR).

RETCON: A “retcon” or retroactive continuity is the term used when the content of an existing story is changed after it has already been published. Example #1: After Crisis on Infinite Earths, a DC storyline from the 1980s, Superman had a new origin in which he did not gain his signature super powers until he was eighteen years old. Meaning he had no adventures as Superboy. Example #2: As a result of Spider-man One More Day, a recent and controversial storyline, Peter Parker and Mary Jane were never married. The stories all still happened, but they were simply not married during those stories.

SOLICITATION: A solicitation is the description of an item as it appears in the Previews ordering catalog. It usually includes the title, creative team, page count, price, projected
release date, and a brief description of the content. If something is “advance solicited” then it is available to order, but won’t be released for up to a year rather than the usual two month lead time.

SUBSCRIPTION: The term subscription refers to the in-store subscription service through which customers make arrangements to have new releases held/ ordered for them so they do not have to risk an issue selling out because they are not able to make it to the shop specifically on new release day. Another term for subscription is preorder.

SUPPLIES – BAGS: Bags, as a noun, are the plastic (usually polypropylene, but they can be polyethelyne) bags specifically designed to protect and preserve comic books. Sizes range from current, silver age, golden age, and magazine. Bag, as a verb, refers to the act of putting comic books into bags and then sealing them shut with tape. Example: “How many comics did you bag last weekend?”

SUPPLIES – BOARD: Board refers to any size of the optional cardboard backing
that can be placed within the comic book bag to provide support to the comic
itself. Comic book bags and boards must be of the same type to be used effectively. Example: Current bags + Current Boards = Correct, Current bags + Silver age boards = Incorrect.

SUPPLIES – LONG BOX: The long comic box is the largest standard storage box
offered. It comes as one flat piece of cardboard that forms the box and one separate piece of cardboard that forms the lid. Relatively easy to assemble, the long comic book box holds approximately 300 unbagged and unboarded regular sized comic books.

SUPPLIES – SHORT BOX: The short comic box is the smallest standard comic
storage box. It is less than half the size of a long comic box, holding approximately less than half of what a long comic box can hold and it is constructed in the same fashion with two pieces of cardboard.

TRADE PAPERBACK: A trade paperback is simply a softcover collection of material that was originally released in individual issue form. Example: Watchmen is a trade paperback containing the story originally presented as twelve individual issues. In recent years the definitions of graphic novel, trade paperback, collected edition, and volume have become interchangeable as far as the general public is concerned. Purists will still differentiate these terms. The term paperback is also applicable when describing a trade paperback.

VARIANT COVER/ INCENTIVE VARIANT: A variant cover is simply a cover different from the standard release cover.  Sometimes this variant cover is available in a 50/50 ratio meaning that out of 100 copies, 50 will be one cover and 50 will be another cover. Other times variant covers will be more limited in frequency.  Example: This cover is available the ratio of 1 per every 25 copies that the store buys. Or if the store buys 100 copies then it can have access to 1 copy of a variant cover. That is a 1:100 copies variant cover.

VIRGIN VARIANT COVER: A virgin cover is the name given to a variant cover that features only the pure artwork uninterrupted by title logos, publisher banners, or creator credits.

 

DEFINITIONS TO COME:

ANNUAL

ERA – SILVER AGE

ERA – GOLDEN AGE

FOOTNOTE

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

MAXI-SERIES

MINI-SERIES (LIMITED)

NEW COMIC DAY

REBOOT

RELAUNCH

REPRINT

RE-ORDER

RUN

SPLASH PAGE

SUPPLIES – DRAWER BOX